Sonnack, Paul

Paul Sonnack (1920-1992) was a much loved teacher of history and theology at Augsburg College and Luther Seminary.

Religious Liberty and Democratic Faith (Winter 2001-2002)

In 1952, Harpers published a book by J. Paul Williams: What Americans Believe and How They Worship. Tucked away in the relative obscurity of the final chapter of this book is one of the most provocative contributions to the discussion of religious freedom in this country. It is provocative because Prof. Williams advocates in effect the establishment of a state religion with coercive sanctions here in America. He proposes that "governmental agencies must teach the democratic ideal as religion."